ESTA Canada

For a stay in the United States: For a stay of less than 90 days, you can complete the formalities for entering the USA directly via the Internet by clicking on online form For a stay in Canada: The Canadian government has introduced a new authorization system to allow travelers to visit or transit through Canada. This alternative is faster and easier than obtaining a Canadian tourist visa. Entry into Canada is now possible by applying online for an electronic travel authorization.

New restrictions in effect since November 30, 2021

The rules in force for access to Canadian territory change rapidly and frequently depending on the management of the health crisis due to COVID-19 and its various variant viruses. All of the measures taken attempt to best protect the health and safety of Canadians.

Requirement to be vaccinated to enter Canada

Since November 30th of 2021, it is necessary to be vaccinated to enter Canada. Tests negative for COVID-19 are no longer accepted to enter Canada, except for a few rare exceptions such as medical incapacity to vaccines. This vaccination obligation is verified before boarding managed by the airlines or railways serving Canada.

Regarding leaving the country for less than 72 hours

Canadian residents no longer have to take a negative COVID-19 test if the time to leave the country is less than 72 hours.

Regarding the list of vaccines against COVID-19

The list of vaccines allowing a traveler wishing to enter Canada to be considered fully vaccinated has been extended. This list now includes the vaccines Sinopharm, Sinovac and Covaxin (according to the WHO list). Stay informed of changes in access restrictions to Canadian territory by regularly consulting the Canada website.

Who can benefit from ESTA Canada?

Nationals of a large number of countries, including France, benefit from the possibility of applying for ESTA Canada. The request is made via the downloadable form which can be found on the Canadian government site. The process takes a few minutes and you will simply need to bring your passport, which must be valid enough to cover the period of your stay. After a few days of verifications, the country’s authorities will send you their answers by email. Note: Please note that it is necessary to complete one form per person. For families, this means filling out a request for each adult and child.

ESTA Canada: a sesame with multiple advantages?

The authorization will be valid for a period of 5 years, or until the date of validity of your passport. Following which you will have to renew the request. The document authorizes you to stay in Canada as often as you wish (for a maximum period of 90 days per trip) during the period of validity of your ESTA Canada. Note: A refusal does not mean that you are banned from staying, but that you will have to go through the embassy or consulate in order to obtain a visa. The establishment of such a system joins a recent trend of governments wanting to strengthen the security of their borders, while financing the promotion of tourism through the taxes collected. After America and Canada, Europe is also on the verge of establishing its ETIAS travel authorization. This electronic travel authorization for entry into the Schengen area was initially supposed to be in place in 2020. Due to the delay taken by European organizations and the COVID-19 crisis, ETIAS has not yet issued a date scheduled for its implementation.